Cookbook Review: Fixate – 21 Day Fix Recipes by Autumn Calabrese

FIXATE Cookbook - 21 Day Fix RecipesFIXATE Cookbook – 21 Day Fix Recipes by Autumn Calabrese

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While I’m not a Beach Body fanatic by any means, I am a fan of Autumn Calabrese and her movement to get people in shape and her portion control meal plan concepts. Last spring I started using the 21 Day Fix containers that came with the Fixate cookbook and I was hooked. What I like about the 21 Day Fix plan is that, even if you don’t use the containers every day or with every meal, the concept, helps you think more deeply about how many portions of veggies, fruits, proteins, etc. that you are taking in. I like that because it does help with my personal weight loss goals and staying on track. The recipes in the book are not overwhelming so just about anyone can duplicate the recipes. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone just getting started on meal planning.

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the cook(book)ing school: an introduction to paleo

Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get StartedPaleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started by John Chatham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my first introduction to learning about the Paleo lifestyle. It’s a quick guide, not a lot of photos but chock full of basic information.

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the cook(book)ing school: yes it’s a diet book (with recipes): the overnight diet

the overnight diet by dr. caroline apovian

the overnight diet by dr. caroline apovian

By fate, I just happened to be sitting at home on Friday, May 3, watching one of my favorite shows, Dr. Oz (I’m normally at work when he’s on).  Dr. Oz featured Dr. Caroline Apovian, the creator of The Overnight Diet, http://www.overnightdiet.org/ and I was hooked. And I know it sounds too good to be true and I was skeptical, but really, the diet is just real food and exercise with lots of science behind it. I like that at the beginning of the book, Dr. Apovian says, “I’m not a cardiologist, or a family physician, or an emergency room doctor who dabbles in weight management on the side. I’m an obesity medicine physician, which means I specialize in weight loss”. I love this statement because she keeps it real with you and this is her life’s work and it tells me it’s not just a fad.  And I’m normally not a fan of e-books (I love real books), but I will tell you, I have never downloaded a book so quickly, than I did The Overnight Diet because I’m determined! (by the way, it’s only $10.55 on Amazon Kindle – and I don’t own a Kindle but I use their Kindle Cloud Reader online – it comes in handy!)

 

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the cook(book)ing school: from my “healthy books to read in 2013” list – vegan with a vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That RockVegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book back in late fall as I began my slow path to explore healthier food options. It’s pretty good. I don’t like that there are not many colorful food photos, but that’s my issues. I do like the backstory about the author and her quest to educate others about the vegan lifestyle and the fact that she got her start on a local access TV show. I would say overall, this book is a great resource.

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the cook(book)ing school: from my “healthy books to read in 2013” list – crazy sexy diet by kris carr

Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! by Kris Carr

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the only book from my “2013 Healthy Books-to-read” list that I’ve read so far. I picked it up at the local library. I’m glad I got it at the library and didn’t invest in purchasing it. While I did get some handy tips from this book, I was aware of most of the information in it already. But, because I am exploring the idea of anti-inflammatory foods, it was a helpful resource about how to turn your entire health routine around and heal yourself from the inside out. Also, I commend the author on her journey from cancer and her goal to share her journey with the rest of us.

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the cook(book)ing school: almost 40 – my healthy cooking (and eating) goal for 2013

So, one of my ultimate goals for the 2013 is to research and find a diet plan that works for me. And I don’t mean diet in the sense that I want a diet with all sorts of restrictions. On the contrary, I want a diet or meal plan that will allow me lots of flexibility, allow me to eat anti-inflammatory foods,  and be creative with my menu planning, while also providing me with some guidelines so that I don’t have to make it all up as I go along. That’s asking for a lot right? No, I don’t think so and here are a few diet and cookbooks I plan to read throughout the year.  And if you have read any of these books listed here or have feedback on how any of them have helped you, please share your comments here:

Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

This is the only book from my list that I’ve read so far. I picked it up at the local library. I’m glad I got it at the library and didn’t invest in purchasing it. While i did get some handy tips from this book, I was aware of most of the information in it already. But, because I am exploring the idea of anti-inflammatory foods, it was a helpful resource about how to turn your entire health routine around and heal yourself from the inside out.

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Shred: The Revolutionary Diet by Dr. Ian Smith

I plan to read this one next. I saw Dr. Ian Smith on Dr. Oz and this plan just seems so easy. I plan to pick get this in February and begin the program in March, once the countdown to my 40th begins.

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The Flexitarian Diet by Dawn Jackson Blatner

I have this one already too. Hope to get reading on this soon.

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The 5-Factor Diet by Harley Plasternak

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The  Ultimate Volumetrics Diet by Barbara Rolls

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The Body Reset Diet by Harley Plasternak

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Paleo for Beginners by John Chatham

I have started reading this one a little. It’s a very tiny book and a good resource but not exciting to read since there are no photos.

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Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

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The Inflammation Free Diet Plan by Monica Reinagel

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The Anti-Inflammation Zone by Dr. Barry Sears

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the cook(book)ing school: my belated cooking (new year’s) resolutions – #5

 

 

My belated cooking (new year’s) resolution #5:

 

 

 

Become a Part-Time Vegetarian – One of my goals this year is to become a part-time vegetarian. I’ve started having at least 1-2 meatless meals per week and I’m reading up on what it means to be a “Flexitarian” (a person who eats less meat – more plant based foods). As a born and raised carnivore, I will never give up meat, but I do want to cut back on it for health reasons with the hope to increase weight loss.

 

 

 

A vegetarian dinner at a Japanese Buddhist temple

A vegetarian dinner at a Japanese Buddhist temple (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

the cook(book)ing school: Super Foods for a Super Body

SuperFoods by Michael van Straten & Barbara Griggs

SuperFoods by Michael van Straten & Barbara Griggs

As for visually pleasing, this book is chock full if beautiful, vibrant photos of all of the super foods it recommends that we add to our diets. However, I didn’t appreciate the layout of the book and it was a bit unorganized to me. Otherwise, it’s a great colorful resource.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the cook(book)ing school: eat right for your body type

Ayurveda Inspiring Cooking for Your Individual Well Being by Anne Buhring and Petra Rather

Ayurveda Inspiring Cooking for Your Individual Well Being by Anne Buhring and Petra Rather

Because I’m very interesting the area of Ayurveda as it pertains to skincare, makeup, and hair care, I thought this looked like a great book to also apply the same principles of Ayurveda to cooking.  I was right! This book is a great resource for determining what type of “food type” you are and then choosing recipes based on that.  And it’s absolutely great for vegetarians. I highly recommend it for anyone’s cookbook collection.

 

 

 

 

 

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the cook(book)ing school: food for energy

Energy Foods by Nic Rowley & Kirsten Hartvig

Energy Foods by Nic Rowley & Kirsten Hartvig

This book may be little, but it’s chock full of colorful ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner using a recommended list of what are known as Energy Foods.  I definitely saw a few items I would try to add to my eating repertoire.  A great, easy to read little reference guide.

 

 

 

 

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